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  16635   Tue Feb 1 15:33:28 2022 KojiSummaryBHDOptomechanics configuration for the in-vacuum aux small optics

I've summarized the optomechanics configuration for the in-vacuum aux small optics

It's not obvious here but the post for POP_SM4 is the stack of BA2V, Newport 9953, PLS-T238, LMR1V. The mirror is a CM254-750-E03 curved mirror. This should go on the suspension base. I hope I did not make a mistake there...

  16637   Wed Feb 2 16:22:00 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart III of BHR upgrade - PR2 inpute matrix diagonalized

The free swinging test was successful. I ran the input matrix diagonalization code (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/Git/40m/scripts/SUS/InMAtCalc/sus_diagonalization.py) on the PR2 free-swinging data collected last night. The logfile and results are stored in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/Git/40m/scripts/SUS/InMAtCalc/PR2 directory. Attachment 1 shows the power spectral density of the DOF basis data (POS, PIT, YAW, SIDE) before and after the diagonalization. Attachment 2 shows the fitted peaks. I chose to not type out the matrix values now. One can find them in teh repo links above.


  16638   Wed Feb 2 16:27:57 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart III of BHR upgrade - PR3 inpute matrix diagonalized

The free swinging test was successful. I ran the input matrix diagonalization code (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/Git/40m/scripts/SUS/InMAtCalc/sus_diagonalization.py) on the PR3 free-swinging data collected last night. The logfile and results are stored in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/Git/40m/scripts/SUS/InMAtCalc/PR3 directory. Attachment 1 shows the power spectral density of the DOF basis data (POS, PIT, YAW, SIDE) before and after the diagonalization. Attachment 2 shows the fitted peaks. I chose to not type out the matrix values now. One can find them in teh repo links above.


  16639   Wed Feb 2 16:32:02 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IX of BHR upgrade - AS1 free swing test still not good

We still did not get a good AS1 free swinging spectrum. It seems the Side OSEM is reporting coupling to too many DOFs and some extra resonances than we expect. So we did not upload the new input matrix calculated from this test. I'm attaching teh peak fitting (attachment 1) and the diagonalization attempt (attachment 2) to give some idea of what happened. Note how different this fre swinging spectrum looks from the other optics. Given that Yehonathan also felt that somthing might be off with this optic, we need to reevaluate if the suspension has wire not aligned in grove, or it is imbalanced or something else if touching it still.


  16640   Wed Feb 2 18:55:58 2022 KojiSummaryBHDOptomechanics configuration for the in-vacuum aux small optics

Here is more detail of the POP_SM4 mount assembly.

It's a combination of BA2V + PLS-T238 + BA1V + TR-1.5 + LMR1V + Mirror: CM254-750-E03
Between BA1V and PLS-T238, we have to do a washer action to fix the post (8-32) with a 1/4-20 slot. Maybe we can use a 1" post shim from thorlabs/newport.
Otherwise, we should be able to fasten the other joints with silver-plated screws we already have/ordered.

I think TR-1.5 (and a shim) has not been given to Jordan for C&B. I'll take a look at these.

  16641   Wed Feb 2 21:16:23 2022 KojiSummaryBHDOptomechanics configuration for the in-vacuum aux small optics

Asked Jordan to clean 2x 1.5" posts (0.5 dia) and a washer with 1" dia.


  16645   Thu Feb 3 17:15:23 2022 TegaSummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsSUS Plant Plan for New Optics

Finally got the SIMPLANT damping to work following Rana's suggestion to try damping one DoF at a time, woo-hoo!

At first, things didn't look good even when we only focus on the POS DoF. I then noticed that the input value (X1:SUS-OPT_PLANT_TM_RESP_1_1_IN1) to the plant was always zero. This was odd bcos it meant the control signal was not making its way to the plant. So I decided to look at the sensor data


that adds up via the C2DOF matrix to give the POS DoF and I noticed that these interior nodes can take on large values but always sum up to zero because the pair (UL, LL) was always the negative of (UR,LR). These things should have the same sign, at least in our case where only the POS DoF is excited, so I tracked the issue back to the alternating (-,+,-,+,-) convention for the gains


of the Coil Output filters used in the real system, which we adopted in the hopes that all was well. Anyways, I changed them all back to +1. This also means that we need to change the sign of the gain for the SIDE filter, which I have done also (and check that it damps OK). I decided to reduce the magnitude of the SIDE damping from 1 to 0.1 so that we can see the residuals since the value of -1 quickly sends the error to zero.  I also increased the gain magnitude for the other DoF to 4.

When looking at the plot remember that the values actually represent counts with a scaling of 2^15 (or 32768) from the ADC. I switched back to the original filters on FM1 (e.g. pit_pit ) without damping coefficients present in the FM2 filter (e.g. pit_pit_damp).

FYI, Rana used the ETMY suspension MEDM screen to illustrate the working of the single suspension to me and changed maybe POS and PITCH gains while doing so.

Also, the Medify purifier 'replace filter' indicator issue occurred bcos the moonlight button should have been pressed for 3 seconds to reset the 'replace filter' indicator after filter replacement.

  16647   Fri Feb 4 10:21:39 2022 AnchalSummaryGeneralComplete lab shutdown

Please edit this same entry throughout the day for the shutdown elogging.

I took a screenshot of C0VAC_MONITOR.adl to ensure that all pnematic valves are in closed positions:

The status message says "All pnematic valves closed" and the latest error message is about "V7 closed, N2 < 6.50e+01".

I found out that there was no autoburt happening for c1vac channels. I created an autoBurt.req file for the vac.db file and saved one snapshot. I also added the path of this file in autoburt/.requestfilelist . Let's see if autoburting starts by that for this file as well.

With this, I think we can safely shutdown acromag chassis. Hopefully, the relays are configured such that the valves are nominally closed in absence of a control signal. After the chassis is shut down, wwe can shutdown C1VAC by:

sudo shutdown

[Chub, Jordan]

At the 1x8 rack, the following were switched off on their respective front panels:

PTP2 & PTP3 Controller
MKS Gauge controller
PRP Gauge Controller
G2P316a & b Controllers
Serial Device Server
Both UPS's

Powered off from back of unit:

TP1 Controller
Acromag chassis

TP2 and 3 controllers were unplugged from respective power strips (labeled C2 and C3)

C1vac and the laptop at the workstation were shut down

Manual Gate valve was closed

  16654   Wed Feb 9 14:34:27 2022 IanSummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsSUS Plant Plan for New Optics

Restarted the C1sim machine at about 12:30 to help diagnose a network problem. Everything is back up and running

  16656   Thu Feb 10 14:39:31 2022 KojiSummaryComputersNetwork security issue resolved

[Mike P / Koji / Tega / Anchal]

IMSS/LIGO IT notified us that "ILOM ports" of one of our hosts on the "114" network are open. We tried to shut down obvious machines but could not identify the host in question. So we decided to do a bit more systematic search of the host.

[@Network Rack]
- First of all, we disconnected the optical cables coming to the GC router while the ping is running on the AIRLIGO connected laptop (i.e. outside of the 40m network). This made the ping stopped. This means that the issue was definitely in the 40m.
- Secondly, we started to disconnect (and reconnect) the ethernet cables from the GC router one by one. We found that the ping response stops when the cable named "NODUS" was disconnected.

[@40m IFO lab]
- So we tracked the cable down in the 40m lab. After a while, we identified that the cable was really connected to nodus.

- Nodus was supposed to have one network connection to the martian network since the introduction of the bidirectional NAT router (rather than the old configuration with a single direction NAT router).

- In fact, the cable was connected to "non-networking" port of nodus. (Attachment 1). I guess the cable was connected like this long time, but somehow the ILOM (IPMI) port was activated along with the recent power cycling.

- The cable was disconnected at nodus too. (Attachment 2) And a tape was attached to the port so that we don't connect anything to the port anymore.

  16662   Thu Feb 10 21:16:27 2022 KojiSummaryCDSchiara resolv.conf wierdo

During the videomux debug, I noticed that the host name resolving on chiara didn't behave well. Basically I could not login to anything from chiara using host names.

I found that there was no /etc/resolv.conf. Instead, there is /etc/resolvconf directory.

According to my research, live resolv.conf is placed in /run/resolveconf/resolv.conf .

# Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)

This 113.20 is directing an old "linux1" machine. Too much obsolete. If I modify this file as

# Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)
search martian

Then the name resolving became reasonable. However, during rebooting / service resetting / etc, resolvconf -u command is executed and /run/resolveconf/resolv.conf is overridden, as indicated in the file.

I have modified /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base to include and search martian . The latter was included but the former did not show up.

FInally I figured out that, after the resolv.conf is constructed from base and head files in /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/ , NetworkManager overrides the nameserver addresses.
The configuration was found in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/Wired\ connection\ 1 .

Here is the modified setting (dns entry was modified)

>sudo cat /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/Wired\ connection\ 1
[sudo] password for controls:

id=Wired connection 1




>cat /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base
search martian
# See Also /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/Wired\ connection\ 1

So complicated...

  16670   Mon Feb 14 18:43:49 2022 PacoSummaryGeneralSOS materials clean room cleared

[Yehonathan, Paco]

We put away most items used / involved in SOS assembly and characterization. Many were stored in the left-most cabinet in the clean area. The OpLev test setup and optics were stored in the upper cabinets above the microscope area, and several screws and other general components were collected in clean bags or wrapped in foil, labeled and put away.

  16697   Thu Mar 3 15:37:40 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1teststand restructured

c1teststand has been restructured. There is no port computer called 'c1teststand' anymore. When you ssh into the c1teststand network using ssh c1teststand from inside martian or from outside network using the method mentioned in this wiki page , you would land into chiara (clone) computer and you can navigate into any teststand network computer from there.

I'll be repurposing 1U c1teststand computer into the new c1susaux2 slow machine now. All files from home directory and from /etc directory of former c1teststand have been zipped and stored in /home/controls of chiara (clone). Just a aside, the network configuration of teststand can be done from inside the teststand network, by going to a browser on either fb1 (clone) or chair (clone) and going to address The login and password are same as our usual workstation username and password.

  16700   Fri Mar 4 11:04:34 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1susaux2 system setup and running

I took the c1teststand computer from teststand and converted it into c1susaux2. To do so, I installed a fresh copy of debian 10 on it and followed the steps on this wiki page. I did some parts slightly differently though. The directory /cvs/cds/caltecg/c1susaux2 is a repository and contains the service unit file modbusIOC.service as well. A symbolic link is created at /etc/systemd/system to use this service file for creating the modbusIOC service. All db files are generated by parsing the acromag chassis wiring file using this python script.

The service file is running without any errors now and all channels are available. The leftmost bench on EEshop at 40m is now ready to do LO1 slow controls and monitor testing. If someone gets time today, they can hookup an unused coil driver to the chassis and verify ENABLE switching and monitoring through the optical isolators. We can also drive some voltage on the PD monitors and verify the functioning of our ADCs. Once this test passes, it is straight forward to finish the remaining 6 SOS wiring and we would be good to install the chassis.

Attaching wiring diagram of c1susuaux2 acromag chassis. Any comments/modification suggestions should come soon as we'll go ahead and wire it soon.

Note: While accessing channels using caget on c1susuaux2, you might get a warning "Identical process variable names on multiple servers". You can safely ignore it. It just means that channel is accessible on that particular computer via two different network interfaces (martian network eno1 and acromag subnetwork eno2) and it will just pick one of them.

  16702   Sat Mar 5 01:58:49 2022 KojiSummaryCDSpaola rescue

ETMY end ThinkPad "paola" could not reboot due to "Fan Error". It seems that it is the failure of the CPU fan. I really needed a functional laptop at the end for the electronics work, I decided to open the chassis. By removing the marked screws at the bottom lid, the keyboard was lifted. I found that the CPU fan was stuck because of accumulated dust. Once the fan was cleaned, the laptop starts up as before.

  16712   Mon Mar 7 19:38:47 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1susaux2 slow controls issues

I tried to perform a simple enabling test of coils using c1susaux2 modbus channels but failed. I'm able to do the enabling of coils using the windows GUI of acromag card but I can not do it when the cards are connected to the computer subnetwork. The issue is two-fold:

  • The enable channels such as C1:SUS-LO1_UL_ENABLE are not changing values when their DOL changes a value. In this case, I created a calc channel C1:SUS-LO1_ALL_CALC which takes the AND of all coil's individual CALC channels which are normally used as DOL for the ENABLE channels. But even though the changes are reflected properly to C1:SUS-LO1_ALL_CALC, it does not affect C1:SUS-LO1_UL_ENABLE. See the db files here for more info.
  • I tried to directly change the value of C1:SUS-LO1_UL_ENABLE using caput and even though in soft value the channel changes, it does not propagate a change at the output of Acromag card. So my suspicion is that something might be off with the setting of the Acromag card or c1susuaux2.cmd file. I followed this wiki page instructions, but if anyone can find an error, it would be useful.

There's also an issue in reading back the ENABLE_MON channels. Here we suspect that one of the optical isolator box that we have been using might have a short in one of it's output channel. I'll investigate this more tomorrow. Again, the issue is two-fold. The EPICS channel values do not really change. So there is clearly some issue of communicating with the acromag cards.

  16724   Mon Mar 14 12:20:05 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1susaux2 slow controls acromag chassis installed

[Anchal, Yehonathan, Ian]

We installed c1susaux2 acromag chassis in 1Y0 with c1susaux2 computer. We connected PD monitors, Binary inputs, Binary outputs, and Run/Acquire RTS signals for 6 of the 7 suspensions. We ran out of DB9 cables to connect PR3. Of the ones that were connected, LO2, AS1, AS4, SR2, and PR2 are showing no issues in the functionality from the chassis. For LO1, everything is working except for UR EnableMon channel. The enable monitor does not show an ON state for the coil even though the coil driver chassis shows that it is ON via the LED lights. A possible reason could be that a wire got disconnected when we closed the chassis (there are a lot of wires pushing against each other. Another reason could be that the optical isolator ISO10 could have developed a bad channel on channel 2. The circuit was tested before closing the chassis, so not sure what went wrong after closing it.

PR2 is showing a non-acromag chassis related issue. As soon as we close the loop by enabling the coils, the watchdog triggers because the loop is unstable. Not sure what has changed for PR2, but someone should take a look at it.

For the issue with LO1, I suggest we keep a note that the C1:SUS-LO1_UR_ENABLEMon channel is faulty and don't take its value seriously. We should diagnose and fix this issue once we have more reasons to disconnect the chassis and open it.


  16726   Tue Mar 15 11:52:34 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1su2 model updated for sending Run/Acquire Binary Output to Binary Interface card

I routed the XXX_COIL_DW signals from the 7 SOS blocks in c1su2.mdl (located at /cvs/cds/rtcds/userapps/trunk/sus/c1/models/c1su2.mdl) to the binary outputs from the FE model. The routing is done such that when these binary outputs are routed through the binary interface card mounted on 1Y0, they go to the acromag chassis just installed and from there they go to the binary inputs of the coil drivers together with the acromag controlled coil outputs.

I have not restarted the rtcds models yet. This needs more care and need to follow instructions from 40m/16533. Will do that sometime later or Koji can follow up this work.

  16728   Tue Mar 15 14:10:41 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1su2 model remade, reinstalled, restarted after the update

I have restarted c1su2 model with the connections of Run Acquire switch to analog filters on coil drivers. Following steps were taken:

First ssh to c1sus2 and then:

controls@c1sus2:~ 0$ rtcds make c1su2
buildd: /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/rtbuild/release
### building c1su2...
Cleaning c1su2...
Parsing the model c1su2...
Building EPICS sequencers...
Building front-end Linux kernel module c1su2...
RCG source code directory:
The following files were used for this build:

Successfully compiled c1su2
Compile Warnings, found in c1su2_warnings.log:
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC1_12  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC1_13  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC1_14  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC1_15  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_7  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_8  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_9  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_10  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_11  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_12  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_13  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_14  
WARNING  *********** No connection to subsystem output named  SUS_DAC2_15  
controls@c1sus2:~ 0$ rtcds install c1su2
buildd: /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/rtbuild/release
### installing c1su2...
Installing system=c1su2 site=caltech ifo=C1,c1
Installing /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/C1SU2.txt
Installing /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/c1su2/c1su2epics
Installing /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/c1su2
Installing start and stop scripts
Performing install-daq
Updating testpoint.par config file
/opt/rtcds/rtscore/branches/branch-3.4/src/epics/util/updateTestpointPar.pl -par_file=/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/gds/param/archive/testpoint_220315_135808.par -gds_node=26 -site_letter=C -system=c1su2 -host=c1sus2
Installing GDS node 26 configuration file
Installing auto-generated DAQ configuration file
Installing Epics MEDM screens
Running post-build script

/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 4 5 C1:SUS-AS1_INMATRIX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_AS1_INMATRIX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 2 4 C1:SUS-AS1_LOCKIN_INMTRX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_AS1_LOCKIN_INMTRX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 5 6 C1:SUS-AS1_TO_COIL --fi > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_AS1_TO_COIL_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 4 5 C1:SUS-AS4_INMATRIX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_AS4_INMATRIX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 2 4 C1:SUS-AS4_LOCKIN_INMTRX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_AS4_LOCKIN_INMTRX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 5 6 C1:SUS-AS4_TO_COIL --fi > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_AS4_TO_COIL_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 4 5 C1:SUS-LO1_INMATRIX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_LO1_INMATRIX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 2 4 C1:SUS-LO1_LOCKIN_INMTRX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_LO1_LOCKIN_INMTRX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 5 6 C1:SUS-LO1_TO_COIL --fi > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_LO1_TO_COIL_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 4 5 C1:SUS-LO2_INMATRIX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_LO2_INMATRIX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 2 4 C1:SUS-LO2_LOCKIN_INMTRX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_LO2_LOCKIN_INMTRX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 5 6 C1:SUS-LO2_TO_COIL --fi > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_LO2_TO_COIL_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 4 5 C1:SUS-PR2_INMATRIX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_PR2_INMATRIX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 2 4 C1:SUS-PR2_LOCKIN_INMTRX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_PR2_LOCKIN_INMTRX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 5 6 C1:SUS-PR2_TO_COIL --fi > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_PR2_TO_COIL_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 4 5 C1:SUS-PR3_INMATRIX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_PR3_INMATRIX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 2 4 C1:SUS-PR3_LOCKIN_INMTRX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_PR3_LOCKIN_INMTRX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 5 6 C1:SUS-PR3_TO_COIL --fi > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_PR3_TO_COIL_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 4 5 C1:SUS-SR2_INMATRIX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_SR2_INMATRIX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 2 4 C1:SUS-SR2_LOCKIN_INMTRX > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_SR2_LOCKIN_INMTRX_KB.adl
/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/scripts/generate_KisselButton.py 5 6 C1:SUS-SR2_TO_COIL --fi > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1su2/C1SUS_SR2_TO_COIL_KB.adl
safe.snap exists
controls@c1sus2:~ 0$

Then on rossa, run activateSUS2DQ.py which creates a file C1SU2.ini.NEW. Remove old backup file C1SU2.ini.bak, rename C1SU2.ini to C1SU2.ini.bak and rename C1SU2.ini.NEW to C1SU2.ini:

~> cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/daq/
daq>python2 activateSUS2DQ.py 
daq>rm C1SU2.ini.bak
daq>mv C1SU2.ini C1SU2.ini.bak
daq>mv C1SU2.ini.NEW C1SU2.ini

Then ssh back to c1sus2 and restart the rtcds model:

controls@c1sus2:~ 0$ rtcds restart c1su2
### stopping c1su2...
### starting c1su2...
c1su2epics: no process found
Number of ADC cards on bus = 2
Number of DAC16 cards on bus = 3
Number of DAC18 cards on bus = 0
Number of DAC20 cards on bus = 0
Specified filename iocC1.log does not exist.
c1su2epics C1 IOC Server started
c1su2 RT ready in 4
awg_server Version $Id$
channel_client Version $Id$
testpoint_server Version $Id$
/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/gds/bin/awgtpman -s c1su2 -l /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/gds/awgtpman_logs/c1su2.log started on host c1sus2 hostid ffffffffa8c05771 
awgtpman Version $Id$
controls@c1sus2:~ 0$

Then restart daqd services from rossa and burtrestore to latest snap of c1su2epics.snap:

daq>telnet fb 8083
Connected to fb.martian.
Escape character is '^]'.
daqd> shutdown
Connection closed by foreign host.
>burtwb -f /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/latest/c1su2epics.snap -l /tmp/controls_1220315_140755_0.write.log -o /tmp/controls_1220315_140755_0.nowrite.snap -v <

All suspensions are back online and everything is same as before now. Will test later the Run/Acquire switch functionality.

  16729   Tue Mar 15 18:42:37 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IX of BHR upgrade - AS1 resuspended and OSEMs tuned



  16730   Tue Mar 15 18:45:12 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart X of BHR upgrade - BHDBS Path setup

[Paco, Anchal]

BS Chamber work

  • ASL was positioned in nominal place.
  • PR3 was moved to its nominal place from temprorary position.
  • BS Table was rebalanced
  • Earthquake stops were removed from all SOS from BS table (LO2, SR2, BS, PR3)

ITMY Chamber work

  • AS2, AS3, LO3, LO4, and BHDBS were positioned in the nominal place.
  • AS1 was moved to its nominal place from temporary position.
  • ITMY tbale was rebalanced
  • Earthquake stops were removed from all SOS from ITMY table (AS1, AS4, ITMY)
  16733   Thu Mar 17 17:23:22 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - Green laser alignment

[Anchal, Yehonathan] (on Y Arm)

We first checked if the PZT mirrors M1 and M2 can be controlled. They indeed show no motion even after being connected with a power supply. So green injection path can not be aligned using cds controls right now.

We also noticed that all ETMY slow controls and monitors are offline. That's because the electronics upgrade did not include acromag chassis. This means that the DC bias adjustment is not accessible for ETMY.

Alignment work:

  • We first aligned the green injection beam to cross two irises in the injection path to ETMY chamber.
  • Then I (Anchal) went inside the ITMY chamber to find the green light. Yehonathan controlled the injection path while I gave feedback from ITMY side. We aligned injection path to get the beam near center of ITMY.
  • Then I aligned ITMY through sitemap>IFO>Align to get counter propagating reflection near the ITMY side.
  • We were able to see reflection from ETMY hitting the beam tube.
  • Since DC alignment controls of ETMY are not accessible, we used the Alignment offset in rtcds model which puts dc offset in the coil driver to get the reflected beam from ETMY to come to ITMY table, about 1 inch above the table and about 3 inch south of ITMY SOS.
  • But we got limitted by the DAC overflow on ETMY at this point. Several back and forth attempts to relief ETMY were unsuccesful.

Possible issues:

  • We think having the HV coil driver set up for ETMY is important for this alignment work if not essential. The coil drivers of ETMY are near saturation.
  • We also think that addition of two new suspensions in ITMY table and then counter weights to balance the table, has depressed table height slightly. We need to work out how to change injection path height and angle accordingly.

[Paco, Ian] (on X Arm)


  16734   Thu Mar 17 19:12:44 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1auxey1 slow controls acromag chassis installed, not powered

[Anchal, Tega]

We installed c1auxey1 computer and the acromag chassis in 1Y4. The computer has been configured properly for nfs mounts to happen and we have initialized a git repo for /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1auxey1 directory which stores all files for running modbusIOC service on this computer. We connected 18V power source but have not connected the 24V power yet  as we need to make a new connector for it. Going on what Koji recommended, we'll connect the 24V power input to 18 V strip as well as the acromags can run on that voltage too.

  16736   Fri Mar 18 18:39:13 2022 YehonathanSummaryCDSc1auxey1 slow controls acromag chassis installed, powered

{Yehonathan, Anchal}

We connected the c1auxey1 chassie to the different boxes (coil drivers, SAT amp, etc.) using DB9 cables and labeling them in the process. We ran out of 2.5 foot DB9 cables so we used 5 foot as a temporary solution.

The chassie was powered, but a two issues arised:

1. The Acromags didn't turn on.

2. When connecting the green laser shutter BNC cable, the power supply overloaded.

We took the chassie back to the bench. The wire that powers the Acromags was disconnected. We made a new longer wire and made sure it is not connected flimsily.

The issue with the BNC turned out to be a much deeper problem: The GND and EXC wires on the DIN rail connector were switched! Making the shield of the BNC to have high volatage compared to the shield of the green shutter causing current to overflow when the BNC was connected.

We switched back the EXC and GND wires. Not trusting the digital I/O tests that were done before due to this mistake we tested some of the I/Os using a spare coil driver. We tested both the inputs and the outputs and they all seemed to work.

Finally, we also noticed that the 2 RTS DB9s were wrongly female type so we switched them to males. We closed the lead on chassie and installed it back in the rack. We connected the cables and saw that the green shutter BNC cable was no longer shorting the power supply.

  16737   Fri Mar 18 19:10:51 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1auxey1 slow controls issues

I started the modbusIOC service on c1auxey1 and added PD variance channels for UR and SD as well.  There are unfortunately two issues here:

  • The enable monitors are reading NOT of what they should read. The optical isolator circuit might need to be changed.
  • ETMY is not damping now. This is strange and was seen in the use to other acromag chassis as well where AS4 and PR2 are unable to damp. This is weird since the acromag chassis are not part of the damping loop, maybe it is a coincidence. Next time we should check if we still have this issue when acromag chassis is disconnected from ETMY.


  16740   Mon Mar 21 18:24:07 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - Green laser alignment on Yarm

[Anchal, Tega]

We did the following alignment steps on Yarm today:

  • We aligned the green beam going into the ETMY chamber to the three irises on the path.
  • We aligned ETMY to get counter-propagating prompt reflection from ETMY.
  • We were able to see light in the reflection photodiode for the green PDH loop.
  • Then we went to ITMY chamber and checked where the beam is coming to. It was coming very low in height.
  • We walked the beam on the end to get it near the center of ITMY.
  • Then we changed the ETMY alignment again to get back the reflection beam on the reflection photodiode.
  • Then we went again to ITMY chamber and changed the ITMY alignment to get counter-propagating reflection from ITMY.

After this, we came back to the control room. One peculiar thing to note is that the C1:LS-Y_REFL_DC_OUT channel is inverted i.e. it is showing negative values for the reflection DC voltage. On this signal, we see a little bit higher-order mode flashing but it is not bright enough to be seen on the face camera of the suspension. We'll continue aligning the cavity using CDS now to get TEM00 mode.

After trying for a bit, we were able to get flash of about 2000 counts which is about 16% of the max value of 12200 counts. We adjusted the ITMY angular position using the IFO_ALIGN screen but used the OPTICAL_ALIGN offset screen to adjust the angular position of ETMY. The pitch and yaw values for ITMY are 1.0360 and -0.260 respectively whereas the pitch and yaw values for ETMY are 5664.0 and -4937.0 respectively. 

  16741   Mon Mar 21 18:42:06 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1auxey1 slow controls issues

Another issue, Green Y Shutter can not be controlled with the EPICS controls right now. This needs to be investigated.

  16742   Thu Mar 24 19:20:28 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - Green laser alignment on Yarm

[Anchal, Paco]

Uneloged: yesterday, Paco and Ian tried locking the green laser on Yend to the Y-arm. Nothing noteworthy happened, no luck.

  • Started with aligning the green injection to the Iris on table (it was misaligned) and getting it on the ITMY center.
  • Then we realized that the beam is going through the focusing leans very offceter. This makes the beam warped and deflected inside that needs to be corrected by mirrors.
  • So we decided to adjust the lens position first.
  • We realized that lens position is hard to adjust along with keeping the beam hiting ITMY.
  • So, we decided to remove the lens first and just align the green beam directly with the Iris on the table and the ITMY center. The beam became as big as ITMY when it reached there without the lens in path. We aligned it to fall on the mirror.
  • Then we placed the lens back so that the beam goes through the center of the lens.
  • Then we aligned ETMY to get the reflection back to the reflection PD.
  • But then when we checked the beam at ITMY again, it was severely missing ITMY. The possible reason is that ETMY is a diverging lens for the beam as well and changing its position changed the beam direction in the beam tube.
  • We decided to do another iteration of lens positioning with the new ETMY position. So same steps, removed lens, aligned beam with iris and ITMY, placed back the lens, aligned ETMY again to get reflection back on the PD.
  • This time the beam was still reaching ITMY. So we were glad that our iterations converged in 2 repititions.
  • Then we aligned ITMY to get counter propagating beam.
  • At the end of this alignment:
    • We see dips in relfection photodiode counts from 12200 to 9500.
    • The ETMY oplev is partially out of range (only 1 of the quadrant seeing light) but that could be because we changed the lens position. So Oplev servo is off.
  • We confirmed that the PDH servo is properly connected and loop is on. But we see no HOM catching lock for YARM even after us doing about 10 min search with ITMY-ETMY alignments.
  • We are leaving things as it is. We'll continue trying to align the cavity tomorrow. Everyone is welcome to try as long as they restore the positions of the optics to a good state at the end.



  16744   Fri Mar 25 18:20:28 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - Green laser alignment on Yarm

[Anchal, Paco, Shruti]

  • Today we found out that the laser controller at the Yend had it's inputs disconnected for the FAST PZT input and the Slow temperature control input. The cables were also not labeled that were lying nearby.
  • I tracked the cables and connected the Fast input adn the slow input.
  • We then adjusted the temperature slider to go to previously marked laser crystal temperature of 40.1 degrees celsius. But we could not find the the beatnote of Y end IR with teh Main laser IR.
  • We scanned the laser crystal temeprature until we could see a beatntoe with the main IR laser and stopped in that region.
  • Then we continued looking for flashing and HOM, but no luck.
  • It was interesting that when the PDH loop was closed, we saw fluctuations in relfection photodiode DC value, but not so much when the loop was not closed.
  • We tried flipping the sign of the loop with no luck and we tried changing the gain of the loop as well, but no luck.
  • The behavior of this Yend laser and its controller is still suspicious to us. When the loop is closed, the PZT feedback signal should not cause a change in amplitude of the light so much as we see it.
  • Also the fact that when loop is clsoed we do not see signs of flashing in the reflection photodiode is interesting. If anyone has any ideas, that would be good.
  16745   Sat Mar 26 13:04:38 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - Green laser alignment on Yarm

I came for a bit to check on the "1Y0 burning smell" reported by Koji last evening. I agree that there's a toasty smell around the 1Y0 rack, but it is hard to tell where it comes from exactly. I think we can use the FLIR heat camera, but this will have to wait for Monday when someone with an iphone is around.

I also played a bit with the YAUX alignment (which is still poor) but I didn't try anything different nor did I seem to have more success. This is also an outstanding item for Monday, where maybe the next step is to install the GTRY path for a CCD.

  16747   Tue Mar 29 15:07:11 2022 TegaSummaryVACOpening of MC and ETM chambers

[Anchal, Chub, Ian, Paco, Tega]

Today, we opened the MC chamber, ETMX chamber and ETMY chamber.

  16749   Thu Mar 31 18:58:16 2022 Ian MacMillanSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - IR laser alignment on Xarm

[Ian, Paco]

We continued to try and lock the IR laser to the x-arm. Last time we adjusted TT2 PR2 and PR3 to adjust the beam to hit the center of the ITMX. Today we continued to adjust the same optics to make the beam hit the center of the beam splitter and make sure the beam is going in the direction of the ITMY. Then removed a mirror that wasn't even bolted down. I put it on the front right corner of the hood with all the other optics (right in front of a suspended mirror). With this unknown mirror removed the path was clear and hit the center of ITMX. From there we went and opened the ETMX chamber and using the IR scope we adjusted ITMX to put the beam on the center of the ETMX. We continued adjusting ETMX and ITMX until we had three reflections. We stopped here because we realized we should set up POX. We think this because any adjustment to set up the POX would mess up the work we had done on the x arm alignment.

  16750   Fri Apr 1 14:26:19 2022 Ian MacMillanSummaryPEMParticle counter setup near BS Chamber

I mounted the particle counter over the BS chamber attached to the cable tray as seen in Attachment 1. The signal cable runs through an active 30ft cable to the 1x2 rack. the wire is labeled and runs properly through the cable tray. The particle counter is plugged in at the power strip attached near the cable tray. The power cord is also labeled. 

I restarted the particle counter service in the c1psl computer in the /etc/systemd/system/ folder using the commands

sudo systemctl restart particleCounter
sudo systemctl status particleCounter

I cannged the usb hub assigned in the service file to ttyUSB0 which is what we saw the computer had named it.

Checking the channels from this elog show the same particle count as when testing with the buttons and checking the screen. It seems that the channels had been down but are now restarted.

  16754   Sat Apr 2 15:46:13 2022 ranaSummaryPEMParticle counter setup near BS Chamber

nice - please update the particle counter page in the 40m wiki. Its probably years out of date.


I mounted the particle counter over the BS chamber attached to the cable tray as seen in Attachment 1. The signal cable runs through an active 30ft cable to the 1x2 rack. the wire is labeled and runs properly through the cable tray. The particle counter is plugged in at the power strip attached near the cable tray. The power cord is also labeled. 


  16756   Mon Apr 4 17:03:47 2022 AnchalSummaryCDSc1susaux2 slow controls acromag chassis fixed and installed

[Anchal, JC, Ian, Paco]

We have now fixed all issues with the PD mons of c1susaux2 chassis. The slow channels are now reading same values as the fast channels and there is no arbitrary offset. The binary channels are all working now except for LO2 UL which keeps showing ENABLE OFF. This was an issue earlier on LO1 UR and it magically disappeared and now is on LO2. I think the optical isolators aren't very robust. But anyways, now our watchdog system is fully functional for all BHD suspended optics.

  16757   Tue Apr 5 18:15:06 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - IR laser alignment on Xarm

[Paco, Anchal, Ian, JC]

We attempted the alignment of IR beam into the arm cavities. We used PR2 and PR3 (moved manually as well as using cdsutils) and got the YAW aligned pretty good on both X and Y directions. PIT alignment however turned out to be much harder to align. PR2 PR3 didn't have much range, so we zeroed there offset and tried to use TT1, TT2, MMT1, and MMT2 to align the PIT but it would get clipped before reaching BS table if we were to correct for PIT misalignment happening downstream. We concluded that the issue is that one of the PR2, PR3 mirrors have too much PIT offset in equilibrium position. We have requested Koji to change the output resistors in the coil drivers of PR2 and PR3 so that we can correct for the PIT offset in them directly using the coils and reduce load on upstream optics. We have tweaked TT1, TT2, MMT1, and MMT2 positions today, so we do not have the previous reference anymore.

  16758   Wed Apr 6 01:20:48 2022 KojiSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - IR laser alignment on Xarm

PR2/PR3 Output R for fame OSEMS reduced from 1.2K to 1.2K//100Ohm

I put the R=100Ohm for PR3 with the functions of the units mistakenly swapped. This affects imbalanced actuation of PR3 right now as well as too strong SD

PR2 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR) / S2100616 / PCB S2100520 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH1/2/3

PR2 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD) / S2100617 / PCB S2100519 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH3

PR3 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR) / S2100619 / PCB S2100516 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH3 only

PR3 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD) / S2100618 / PCB S2100518 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH1/2/3


The output R was reduced from 1.2k to 1.2k//100 = 92 Ohm.

This means that the face coil gains were increased by a factor of 13.

The original gains for PR2 Pos/Pit/Yaw were {0.7, 0.3, 0.2}. To keep the same loop gain, the new gains were supposed to be {0.054, 0.023, 0.015}.
With the new gain, the oscillations were very slowly reduced. Therefore, I increased the gains to have the gain margin of 2. (i.e. increased the gains until I have the oscillation, and then made it half.)
The new values were {0.2, 0.1, 0.05}. The side gain was 20 and unchanged

For PR3 the same operation has been done.

The original gains for PR3 Pos/Pit/Yaw were {1, 0.52, 0.2}. They were supposed to be reduced to  {0.077, 0.04, 0.015}.
The gains were increased to {0.5, 0.1, 0.1}. The side gain was also increased from 1 to 5.

  16759   Wed Apr 6 12:03:51 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - IR laser alignment on Yarm

[Anchal, Paco]

After Koji reduced the output resistors on PR2/PR3 coil drivers, we got much better actuation range. We aligned TT1 TT2 again to get beam centered on PR2 and PR3. Then we used only PR2 and PR3 to do the input beam alignment to Y arm cavity. Using access in ETMY chamber, we aligned the input beam parallel to cavity axis. Slight changes were required in ETMY alignment offsets to get first roundtrip in same spot on ITMY. remaining alignment is finer and needs to be done with a help of a reflection photodiode and cameras in the control room. Immediate next step is to setup POY path for locking the Yarm with IR.

Side note: Because of the large PIT correction required in PR3, we found that our upper OSEMs were hitting totally bright limit and lower OSEMs were hitting totally dark limit on PR3. This also destablized our damping loops. We pushed the upper OSEMs slighlty and pulled back the lower OSEMs slightly to get the PD signal in half shadow region again. This worked and our damping loops are stable again. However, we think we should repeat free swing test in future to diagonalize the input matrix for new OSEM positions.

  16760   Wed Apr 6 22:51:47 2022 KojiSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - IR laser alignment on Xarm

[Yuta Koji]

We took out the two coil driver units for PR3 and the incorrect arrangement of the output Rs were corrected. The boxes were returned to the rack.

In order to recover the alignment of the PR3 mirror, C1:SUS_PR3_SUSPOS_INMON / C1:SUS_PR3_SUSPIT_INMON / C1:SUS_PR3_SUSYAW_INMON were monitored. The previous values for them were {31150 / -31000 / -12800}. By moving the alignment sliders, the PIT and YAW values were adjusted to be {-31100 / -12700}. while this change made the POS value to be 52340.

The original gains for PR3 Pos/Pit/Yaw were {1, 0.52, 0.2}. They were supposed to be reduced to  {0.077, 0.04, 0.015}.
I ended up having the gains to be {0.15, 0.1, 0.05}. The side gain was also increased to 50.


Overall, the output R configuration for PR2/PR3 are summarized as follows. I'll update the DCC.

PR2 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR) / S2100616 / PCB S2100520 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH1/2/3

PR2 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD) / S2100617 / PCB S2100519 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH3

PR3 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR) / S2100619 / PCB S2100516 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH1/2/3

PR3 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD) / S2100618 / PCB S2100518 / R_OUT = (1.2K // 100) for CH3

  16762   Thu Apr 7 17:59:51 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - IR laser alignment on Yarm

[Anchal, Paco, JC, Tega]

Today we have aligned the Yarm cavity for IR, with verified 1.5 roundtrips. We also placed following optics in the BS table.

  • POXM1 (installed earlier, not eloged)
  • SRMOL2
  • POYM1
  • SRMOL1
  • POYM2

We also cleared the in-air BS table of all previous optics. JC and Tega setup HeNe laser for Oplevs roughly for now. Tega also transported the POY RFPD from ITMY in-air table to the BS in-air table. We aligned the POY path to the table, but we had to move ITMY after that to get 2nd roundtrip in the arm cavity, which misaligned our POY path again. POY path would need to be modified tomorrow.


  16768   Fri Apr 8 17:21:31 2022 Ian MacMillanSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - IR laser alignment on Yarm

[Ian, Paco, Tega]

Paco and I opened the ETMY and ITMY chamber to work on yesterdays efforts to lock the y arm. We temporarily in stalled a camera behind the ETMY to look at the transmission as we adjusted the ETMY and ITMY. We then moved on to setting up the POY. the beam was too large for the apature of the PD so we installed a lens in the beam path to decrease it.

Once that was installed we saw some flashing on the C1:LSC-POYCD_OUT channel. We also could see the flashing on the monitors in the control room. The flashing beam seemed to be in the middle of ITMY but was slightly to the right on the ETMY. From here we tried to walk the beam using PR3 and ETMY to move the beam to the center of the ETMY.

  16770   Mon Apr 11 21:13:21 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging

[Paco, Koji]

I asked Koji for some advice regarding closing the loop on YARM using POY11. A few things seemed off including

  • The YARM transmission; which was peaking at ~ 20 (typically, TRY is normalized so that under nominal input power conditions we see TRY in the range [0, 1])
  • The POY11 DCPD level was quite low; we expect a few tens of uW in this low power configuration where no more than 100 mW are going through IMC.

We looked at the POY11 RFPD first. We tried flashing an incandescent lamp in-situ and saw some weak response using an oscilloscope and the DC Out readout. We then used the OPHIR power meter and recorded ~ 1.2 uW of light incident on the POY11 RFPD... Initially, we suspected our beam was not filling the PD sensitive area (~ 2 mm diameter), but a quick estimate using the 200 mm focusing lens currently installed in the ITMY table gave us quite a generous margin of error... so we questioned the OPHIR measurement. We swapped the power meter and this time got ~ 18.4 uW, which is more in line with what we expected (phew).

Moving on, from the POY11 RFPD responsivity, and our ~ 20 uW of incident power, we expected on the order of a 20 mV of DC Output, but weren't really seeing this on the scope, so we decided to test the pins on the power of the RFPD. The DB15 cable not only supplies bipolar 15 VDC but also monitors several other test points such as Tsens, or DCout in the RFPD. We quickly noticed a weird signal on the ENAB testpoint, so we removed POY11 RFPD from the ITMY table and took it to the PD testbench. After redoing the soldering on the breakout board and RF amplifier (ZXX-500LN+), which we tested separately, we saw the expected behavior using a +- 15 VDC power supply... thus verifying that the RFPD and breakout board seemed to work ok. We turned our attention to the upstream DB15 connection, and after quickly checking the newly run cables, we ended up debugging the eurocrate PD interface. After attempting a simple power cycle and failing, we removed this card and looked at the schematic. It would seem that the logic enabling ICs (one or both) failed, thus preventing the card from enabling its outputs correctly.... We bypassed the logic by soldering pins 4,8,14 on U1, U20 and then checked the circuit in-situ, and we saw it worked fine again.

Now none of the status LEDs (which are driven by the logic IC portion) work on this card, but the card itself works fine at least for POY11.

We moved on, and installed the DB15 cables, checking the functionality at every step... Then we looked at the POY11_I_ERR signal and were happy to see nice pdh wavelets. We pushed forward a little bit more to try and lock YARM. First, we went to the Y end and centered the ETMY Oplev so as to register the position where the YARM is flashing... The ITMY Oplev is still not online. Then, we optimized the ETMY damping gains somewhat to try and make it less noisy, and finally, played with the LSC YARM loop gain to attempt locking. This last push was not as successful, but we have an idea of what next steps are needed to reduce the SUS noise, including

  • Install ITMY Oplevs, and close loop
  • Optimize ITMY damping gains

To be continued....

  16771   Mon Apr 11 21:44:14 2022 KojiSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging

We took out the right most PD interface board D990543 and removed the 74LS04 chips. In fact two out of 4 were already replaced with enabling wires, however it seemed that one of the remaining two got failed.
These remaining two chips were removed and the enabling signals were connected to VCC (+5V). This operation made the status LED light not functional. (We didn't bother to fixed them by connecting them to the GND)

The new schematic diagram was attached here, and the corresponding DCC entry (https://dcc.ligo.org/D1900318-v1) was modified. Attachments #2-3 show the circuit after the changes, and the front view respectively.

  16778   Thu Apr 14 10:18:35 2022 PacoSummaryBHD2 in oplev mirrors incompatible with LMR2V

[Paco, JC]

We realized the 2 in oplev mirrors (Thorlabs BB2-E02) for ITMYOL, SRMOL, and BSOL, are 0.47 in thick, while the LMR2V fixed mount is 0.46 in deep, even without taking the retaining ring into account. After a brief exchange with Koji, and Ian, we decided to glue the mirrors onto the mounts using Torr Seal (a vac compatible epoxy). They are curating in the clean room and should be ready to install in about 2 hours.

  16779   Thu Apr 14 11:52:57 2022 yehonathanSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging

{JC, Paco, Yehonathan, Ian}

POY lens was moved to infront of the POY steering mirror to make the POU beam focused on the POY11 RFPD. We measured the DC output with an oscilloscope and optimized it with the steering mirrors. We get ~ 16.5mV.

The new lens position blocked the BS OpLev ingoing beam, so we repositioned the OpLev mirrors to make the beam path not hit the lens.

We went to the control room to observe the PDH signal. We observed a series of PDF osscillation and then the signal died infront of our eyes! There is just noise.

We go and check the +/-15V powering the RFPD and we find that the V- is ~ 14V which is good but the V+ was ~ 2.7V which is not.

We went to the PD interface and measure the POY11 output oltages using a breakout board and got the same result.

The PD interface was taken out for inspection. All the OP27 on channel 3 were replaced with new ICs (without need turns out)...

The PD interface card turned out to be OK. What happened is that one of the Kepcos in the RF rack died because its fan crumbled as seen in Attachment #2 (could this be the source of burning smell?). In response, the rack was drawing from the other Kepco (connected in parallel) way too much current  (4A) and the current limiter dropped its voltage from 15V to 2.7V.

The Kepco pair was removed and replaced with a single Sorensen. The POY PDH signal was restored (see attachment).

  16780   Thu Apr 14 18:34:51 2022 PacoSummaryBHDITMY Oplev reinstalled (Re: 2 in oplev mirrors incompatible with LMR2V)

[Paco, Yehonathan]

We installed ITMYOL1 and ITMYOL2 on the ITMY chamber. We aligned the ITMY OpLev beam and closed the loop successfully, we then had a second round of YARM aligment, where we brought the Y peak transmission up from 0.04 counts to 0.09 counts (up by a factor of two). We still couldn't close the YARM loop but we have a better alignment.

  16781   Thu Apr 14 18:39:13 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging


In reply to Koji's questions;

Q1: What is the product number of the broken Kepco?

A1: Kepco JQE 0-25 V 4A (1/4 rack mountable 100 W linear power supply)

Q2: Do you feel the burning smell on this broken kepco?

A2: Not very clearly. It just smells like generic broken electronic, but the fan was already long gone by the time we detected its problem.

Q3: How much current does the +15 VDC line draw from the Sorensen?

A3: The Sorensen current monitor reads 6.3 Amps

Q4: Is there a linear power supply in the market that can handle this much current with some margin?

A4: Probably... but we would have to look around.

Q5: Do we really need a linear power supply there?

A5: Good question, I guess anything that is not contaminating the RF electronics with HF noise (e.g. switching PS) can work?

Q6: Is the same fan problem happening on other Kepcos?

A6: Other fans are on, but at least one or two have the "ill" sound... It may be worthwile to give them maintenance if we can.

  16783   Mon Apr 18 14:52:47 2022 Ian MacMillanSummarySEISeismic Study of Buildings and Caltech Campus

[Ian, JC]

I want to take measurements of seismic noise at different places on Caltech's campus and in different buildings. I will try to use the accelerometer in my phone for this but first I must calibrate it (Against the 40m accelerometers). 

I placed my iPhone 11 pro next to the seismometers at the 40m MC as seen in Attachment 1.

The calibration from the instrument was done using cts/rthz * 1V/16384cts * 1/ampgain * g/10V * 10m/s^2/g. The ampgain for all was 100.

Next, I took 100 seconds of data on both the iPhone and the three orthogonal Wilcoxon accelerometers.

The ASD for both of the total acceleration is shown in Attachment 2

The ASD for the individual directions acceleration is shown in Attachment 3

The coherence between the individual directions acceleration and the 40m's individual directions is shown in Attachment 4. For this calculation, the 40m data were downsampled to roughly match the phone's sample rate. This coherence is not very good. It should be higher. Because the phone and 40m sensors were picking up the same data as the phone. Because of this I also looked at the coherence between the individual 40m sensors.

In Attachment 5 I look at the coherence between the individual 40m sensors. This should give me a good idea of whether this is some other issue giving me mow coherence. This plot shows that the coherence between the individual 40m sensors is much better than between the phone and the 40m sensors.

Now I wanted to see what kind of data the iPhone could get from real-world tests. I placed it in a number of locations described below and plotted their ASDs in Attachment 6. The locations are thus:

Identifier  Location Notes
QIL QIL Lab in the Sub-basement of west bridge In sub-basement not much activity when taking measurements.
WBSH West bridge sub-basement hallway on floor in hallway no activity around
WB1H West Bridge 1st floor Hall placed on the floor near pillar near stairs to LIGO offices on the ground floor of west bridge
40m desk on my desk at the 40m placed on the desk while people were walking around and I had my feet on the desk. should be noisy

Notice how at the low end the amplitudes follow the relative amplitudes I would expect. QIL and WBSH are the lowest then WB1H is noisier and 40m desk is the noisiest. However, this is only true up until about 0.5 Hz then they all overlap. Since I would expect the 40m desk should be much noisier at all frequencies I suspect that the phone accelerometer is not suitable for measurements higher than 0.5 Hz.

Possible Problems:

One possible problem with my measurement is that my phone was in a leather case. this may have damped out higher frequencies. Also, my phone was not weighed down or bolted to the floor. this stronger connection would make it better at detecting higher frequencies. I could repeat the experiment with no case and a weight on top of my phone.

What's next:

Since I don't think the phone can give me accurate data above 0.5Hz for quiet environments. It may not be suitable for this task. It would seem that the right instrument is the Wilcoxon 731A but it requires an amplifier that I can't track down.


I included all the data and code in the zip file in attachment 7


  16786   Mon Apr 18 17:53:45 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging

[Paco, Ian]

We aligned the X-arm IR laser

  • First fix pointing on the ITMX by moving the BS (mostly pitch)
  • then open etmx chamber and fine tune the pointing using the BS until it is centered on ETMX
  • using beam card we quickly see the third reflection back misaligned on pitch so we move ITMX pitch to center it on ETMX
  • fine tune the ITMX alignment on ETMX and check higher order reflaction overlaping with input

at this point we checked C1:LSC-TRX_DQ using ndscope and luckly we see a tiny bit of flashing (about 0.04 in normalized high gain PD counts). So we closed ETM chamber and ITM chamber and go to control room to optimize this signal. The optimization was done in the following way:

  • First, just reiterate on the last steps from above, by maximizing the peak transmission using ITMX/ETMX pair.
  • Then, slide BS alignment, mostly in PIT, and return to ITMX/ETMX pair.
    • At some point, turning the BS PIT made a huge improvement, so I turned the control room light off and looked at the camera on the quad monitors.
  • Based on the location of the flashes (now brighter) on the ITMX/ETMX, the beam seemed to be off in PIT more than YAW, so we focused on correcting the pointing (moving BS) and then correcting with ITMX/ETMX, until the flashes got centered around ETMX.

Final peak transmission (C1:LSC-TRX_DQ) was ~ 1.3 in normalized high gain PD counts. Power budgeting tells us the peak should be ~ 2.0. The flashing on this arm is much better than YARM, so we will press on by installing POX11 RFPD and attempt locking tomorrow. This also means that YARM can be improved by a combination of alignment and/or SUS damping.

In the end we turned on the ETMX oplev and centered it to "save" our flashing position using this reference.

  16798   Thu Apr 21 17:32:35 2022 Ian MacMillanSummarySEISeismic Study of Buildings and Caltech Campus

[Rana, Ian]

We built a power supply for the accelerometer shown in Attachment 1 based on the diagram shown in the Wilcoxon manual and shown in attachment 2. We used a 9V power supply and a capacitor value of 680uF. We did not use a constant current diode. 

When hooked up to an oscilloscope we saw vibrations from hitting our hands on the table but we did not see the same amplitude in the negative and positive directions. For example, when I held the accelerometer and moved it down you would see a dip then a peak as the accelerometer accelerated down then accelerated up when I stopped the down word movement. But weirdly when I did the opposite (moved the accelerometer up the same dip then a peak appeared. This is a little concerning because it should be the opposite. it should be a peak then a dip. This in addition to the seemingly decreased sensitivity in one direction make me think that the accelerometer is broken.

I labeled the box with "might be broken" before I returned it to the cryo lab.

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